Concern in LS over growing naval prowess of China
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 26, 2010, 00:35
New Delhi: A BJD member today expressed concern in the Lok Sabha over the growing naval prowess of China.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, B Mahtab wanted to know New Delhi's strategy to counter growing Chinese naval presence in India's neigbourhood.

He said country's like Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore have gone in for more submarines in view of the situation.

Asserting that "we cannot be sitting ducks", he said an appropriate answer was necessary for India to play an important role in the Indian Ocean.

Sushila Saroj (SP) voiced anguish over infants dying after being vaccinated in Uttar Pradesh and wanted Rs 5 lakh compensation each from the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government to parents whose infants died after being given MMR vaccines in areas surrounding Lucknow.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Narayanasway said Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has sent a team of doctors to find out the causes of the children's death and the state government was also taking steps to provide relief to the affected.

Sanjay Nirupam (Cong) made a strong plea for developing another airport near Mumbai, either at Navi Mumbai or Kalyan, saying this was needed to maintain the status of Mumbai as a finance hub.

Bijoya Chakraborty (BJP) drew the government's attention to the boundary problems being faced by Assam along its borders with Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.

Anto Antony (Cong) wanted a bill to help rubber-growers. Ratna De (Trinamool) wanted minimum support price for potatoes in West Bengal so as to help potato-growers.


First Published: Thursday, August 26, 2010, 00:35

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